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Articolo7 giugno 2023Direzione generale per la Protezione civile e le operazioni di aiuto umanitario europee (ECHO)

Ukraine: EU mobilising support after the Kakhovka dam destruction

EU staff posing in the Emergency Response Coordination Centre with an EU vest
© European Union, 2022 (photographer: Pierre-Yves Jortay)

The destruction of Nova Kakhovka dam in Ukraine has led to devastating humanitarian and ecological consequences. While evacuations of affected populations are underway, Ukraine has requested international EU assistance in the form of equipment and machinery for relief efforts.

In an immediate response, the EU is already channelling aid via its Civil Protection Mechanism thanks to first offers from Germany, Austria and Lithuania:

  • Germany: 5,000 water filters and 56 generators
  • Austria: 20 water containers and 10 mud water pumps, which are now on their way to Ukraine.
  • Lithuania and Germany: shelter equipment, including tents, beds and blankets.

The EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in direct contact with the Ukrainian emergency services to monitor the exact needs on the ground, and stands ready to coordinate further assistance into Ukraine based on the emerging needs.

At the same time, the EU's humanitarian office in Ukraine is coordinating with its humanitarian partners to rapidly respond to the needs of those affected by flooding, including by providing food assistance and drinking water.